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Minnesota United acquires Raheem Edwards from Chicago Fire for Wyatt Omsberg

Edwards is a left-footed player who has played both as a left back and left winger, and could challenge incumbent left back Chase Gasper for minutes, with also providing depth on the wing

Chicago Fire midfielder Raheem Edwards (7) kicks the ball past Orlando City defender Yoshimar Yotun (19) during the second half at Bridgeview Stadium. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota United FC announced the trade of centerback Wyatt Omsberg to Chicago Fire FC in exchange for Raheem Edwards on Tuesday. Edwards will occupy an international roster spot with Minnesota.

Omsberg was selected 15th overall out of Dartmouth by Minnesota in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft via a draft pick that was originally Chicago’s, but was included in a package that sent the fifth-overall pick, $175,000 in combined allocation money and goalkeeper Matt Lampson to Minnesota.

Omsberg has made 27 professional appearances since 2018, including a pair of loan stints, playing four games for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the USL Championship as a rookie, and 15 games for Minnesota’s USL League One-affiliate Forward Madison, last season. Omsberg made his MLS debut in a 3-0 road loss to the New York Red Bulls March 24, 2018. In total, he made eight appearances for the Loons in all competitions.

In the wake of the trade, the Loons count Ike Opara, Michael Boxall and Brent Kallman as the only natural centerbacks on their roster, though defensive midfielder James Musa had been deputized into the role by some of his former clubs. That lack of depth poses more of an immediate concern for Minnesota given Kallman still has five games remaining on a 10-game suspension issued in September of last year for use of a performance-enhancing substance.

As such, a team spokesperson confirmed the Loons are aiming to add another centerback later this month.

In Edwards, the Loons received a left-footed player who has played both as a left back and left winger, and could challenge incumbent left back Chase Gasper for minutes, with also providing depth on the wing.

“We are adding another player with quality, top-rate work ethic and someone who is an experienced and versatile athlete,” MNUFC coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “As we looked at our roster this offseason, we knew we needed to add players on the left of the pitch, and in particular at left back. Raheem will be critical throughout the middle and end of our season with so many matches; Leagues Cup, U.S. Open Cup, players on international duty, as well as the Olympics. He knows the league well and he knows how to win, we saw that from him in his time in Toronto.”

Though a Canadian citizen, MNUFC expects Edwards will receive a green card in the near future to free up the international roster spot he currently occupies.

The Fire parted with $400,000 in targeted allocation money when acquiring Edwards from the Montreal Impact in July 2018. Over the past season-and-a-half, Edwards made 17 league appearances for Chicago, tallying two goals and a pair of assists.

Originally a product of Toronto FC’s academy, Edwards made his professional debut with Toronto FC II in the USL in 2015 before making his MLS debut with the Reds a year later. For his career, the 24-year-old has started 31 of his 53 MLS appearances, with five goals and eight assists to his name.

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